Ottawa – Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, received the unanimous consent of the House of Commons today for her Private Members Motion (M-154), which mandates the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to undertake a study on the situation of endangered whales in Canada, including right, beluga, and killer whales.
“I am very pleased to receive support from all parties on this motion. I think it’s a strong indication of how important this issue is for Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” said Ludwig. “The situation of the endangered whales has changed again since my motion was first introduced to the house in April. This study will be a complement to the work already being done by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and will explore longer term solutions to protect these magnificent mammals.”
The study will be an opportunity for Parliamentarians to hear from industries, fisherman, research scientists, advocacy groups, Indigenous communities, and other stakeholders to find solutions to help protect these animals, while balancing commercial considerations.
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans has not done a formal report on the subject of endangered whales in Canada, since 2002. The committee will make recommendations for new or enhanced actions in a report to be presented to the house by the end of 2018.
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